Roger Allam reads from the 1766 travel memoir by Tobias Smollett.

He and his wife set off on a long journey, determined to see France and Italy, but was rarely happy with what he found there.


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0120090817
The road from Dover to Calais provides endless opportunity to be lodged uncomfortably, fed indifferent food and robbed on every occasion.
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0220090818It seems impossible to find the right kind of coach in France, and Smollett is unimpressed with both Versailles and Paris fashion.
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It seems impossible to find the right kind of coach in France.
0320090819The horses in France seem uncontrollable; even more so when Smollet decides to demonstrate his blunderbuss.
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French horses seem uncontrollable; even more so when Smollet demonstrates his blunderbuss.
0420090820It is snowing in the south of France, which gives Smollett only one option - to head to Italy.
Will the Italians impress him more than the French? It seems unlikely.
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It is snowing in the south of France, so Smollett has no option but to head to Italy.
05 LAST20090821Having given Rome the most cursory of glances, Smollett thinks he will fare better in Florence.
But with a broken carriage he is forced to walk the last five miles.
And will the great city gates stay open to receive him?

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